Coronavirus warning: Children could be ‘SUPER-SPREADERS’ and should be social distancing

Coronavirus warning: Children could be ‘SUPER-SPREADERS’ and should be social distancing

Dr Diana Gall of online doctor’s service Doctor-4-U warned children are often known as super-spreaders in many other viruses such as the common cold and flu. This is because they congregate with others in long periods at school and in activities outside of the classroom. In the UK, the death toll from coronavirus surged to 578 after health authorities said a further 113 people died after being infected with the killer virus over the past 24 hours.

This is one of the highest daily increases in coronavirus deaths since the outbreak began.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases also spiked, increasing by 2,129 to 11,658.

A similar trend is continuing throughout the world, as coronavirus panic spreads across some 200 countries.

Nearly 24,000 people have died, with more than half-a-million confirmed cases.

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The majority of people who have died from coronavirus have been over the age of 65 and with underlying health conditions.

Last week, Boris Johnson ordered the majority of UK schools to close as the Government ramped up self-isolation measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

But Dr Gall warned that although children are much less likely to be infected with COVID-19, they should still be made to follow the same social distancing rules.

She told Express.co.uk: “Children should also be social distancing.

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Writing on Facebook, her mother Diane Middleton, who lives in Buckinghamshire, said: “To all the people out there that thinks it’s just a virus please think again speaking from a personal experience this so called virus has taken the life of my 21-year-old daughter.”

Chloe’s aunt, Emily Mistry, confirmed the 21-year-old had “no underlying health conditions”

Speaking before news of Chloe’s death, Dr Gall warned that even younger people who are fit and healthy with no underlying health conditions are not “invincible to COVID-19”.

She said: “Young, fit and healthy people are at a lower risk of suffering severe complications of COVID-19 compared to older and more vulnerable adults.

“Nevertheless, there is still a risk to this group of people, and the potential for a young and healthy person to spread the disease unknowingly is catastrophic.

“On average, one person can spread this virus to two to three other people, who will then spread it to another two to three people, and so on. Just like older people, young people are not immune to this new virus, anyone can contract it.

Dr Gall added: “Young, healthy people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are still being hospitalised with this virus.

“The majority of those who are hospitalised, in intensive care, or who have died are elderly people over the age of 65 and those with significant health problems, but it does show that nobody is invincible to Covid-19.”

Published at Thu, 26 Mar 2020 22:22:00 +0000